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Park Forest Police Blotter Reports Through November 5, 2018

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Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Editor’s Note: These police reports represent incidents through November 5, 2018. Charges for those cited in this time period include driving with a suspended driver’s license and domestic battery.

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Domestic Battery

Sharon L. Hudson, 36, 105 Willow St., Park Forest, and Horatio L. Frierson, 46, 7843 S. Ridgeland St., Chicago, were arrested on November 3 and each charged with one count of domestic battery after police responded to the 100 block of Willow Street at 4:01 PM to investigate a report of a domestic dispute.

According to police, Ms. Hudson retrieved the mail and observed a package addressed to a family member. Ms. Hudson started to open the package to see what was inside, according to police. The family member came into the kitchen, saw Ms. Hudson with the package, and demanded the package. Ms. Hudson refused, according to police.

The family member then allegedly lunged towards Ms. Hudson and attempted to grab the package away from her, according to police. A physical fight ensued and Ms. Hudson’s fiancé, later identified as Horatio L. Frierson, intervened by pulling the family member off Ms. Hudson and allegedly throwing him to the floor.

Ms. Hudson then grabbed a broom and allegedly began to strike the family member with the broom, ultimately breaking the broom in half, according to police. Ms. Hudson allegedly told police that she punched and scratched the family member after the family member was no longer attacking her, according to police.

According to police, Mr. Frierson allegedly put the family member in a headlock position causing injury to the family member’s neck and partially obstructing his breathing, according to police.

Police observed that the family member had a long abrasion above his left eye and “several significant scratches, small cuts, and abrasions on both sides and the front of his neck,” according to the report.

Officers placed both Mr. Frierson and Ms. Hudson under arrest on suspicion of domestic battery. They were held in separate cells at the Park Forest Police Department pending transportation to Markham Courthouse for a bond hearing, according to police.

Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License

Keenan A. Cummins, 21, 514 Barrington Court, University Park, was arrested on November 5 and charged with the following traffic citations: operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, driving with a suspended driver’s license, speeding, and failure to yield to an authorized emergency vehicle. Mr. Cummins was also issued a municipal citation charging possession of cannabis.

An officer observed a dark-colored vehicle traveling southbound on Western Avenue at approximately 50 miles per hour and a 35 miles per hour zone, according to the dash-mounted radar in the squad vehicle, according to police. This was at 1:00 AM, according to the report.

The officer, who was traveling northbound on Western Avenue, turn the patrol vehicle around and initiated the vehicles emergency lights, attempting to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle.

The vehicle slowed but continued traveling southbound on Western Avenue, according to police.

The vehicle continued traveling southbound on Western Avenue after the officer utilized sirens and a spotlight in an attempt to signal the vehicle to stop. The officer followed the vehicle south beyond the limits of the Village of Park Forest and into University Park.

Another officer responded to the area to assist with a traffic stop.

The vehicle eventually turned westbound onto Ashridge Lane from Western Avenue and stopped, according to police.

The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle, Keenan Cummins, was escorted from the vehicle and detained. Mr. Cummins asked why he was being stopped and stated that he believed he did not have to stop until he reached a safe location, according to police.

Police checked Mr. Cummins’ name in a law enforcement database and discovered that he had a suspended Illinois driver’s license, according to police. While searching Mr. Cummins’ vehicle, officers noticed a strong odor of cannabis emanating from inside the vehicle, according to police.

Mr. Cummins was transported to the Park Forest Police Department and assigned a court date of December 27, 2018, at the Markham Courthouse on the traffic citations. He was assigned a hearing date of December 6, 2018, at the Park Forest Police Department on the municipal citation.

Mr. Cummins later posted the necessary bond and was released at 4:42 AM, according to police.